Christina S. Cable, DVM, Dipl. ACVS

Christina S. Cable, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, currently co-owns Early Winter Equine in Lansing, N.Y., with her husband Michael A Ball, DVM. The practice focuses on primary care of mares and foals and performance horse problems.

Articles by Christina Cable

Ovarian Tumors

Whether you operate a breeding operation or have a mare as a riding or competition mount, there are certain problems that you might face just because your horse is female. One of those problems is the ovarian tumor. Tumors can cause estrous Read More

Neonatal Isoerythrolysis--The Silent Stalker

Neonatal isoerythrolysis is a silent stalker of foals. At birth, the foal is normal. In some cases, the foal shows subtle signs as an internal enemy attacks and the disease progresses to a point of no return; in others, it takes only hours for Read More

Are Straight Hocks a Problem?

Does having straight hocks cause a horse to trip or to react any different than a horse without this? Will they tire more easily climbing hills when on a trail? What safety considerations should I be thinking about? --Lynn Read More

Conformation in Horses

Conformation...what does it mean? If you've spent any time around horses or horse people, you've heard this word or related words used again and again. "Wow, that horse has great conformation!" or "My trainer said not t Read More

Headshaking in Horses

Your favorite horse is tacked up and ready for your daily ride. You mount up, and as soon as you begin warming up in your outdoor ring, he starts tossing his head and sneezing. The sneezing eventually stops, but every time you Read More

Proud Flesh

Q: My horse had a cut on his lower cannon bone and my vet gave me instructions on how to wrap it to prevent proud flesh. What is proud flesh, and can it really become a problem, or is he being overly cautious? Read More

Quarantine Facilities

Quarantine facilities...the mere name implies isolation and horses with infectious diseases for which there are no cures. In reality, quarantine facilities are the first line of defense to protect horses in the United States from such diseases. Read More

Coffin Bone Fractures

My horse has been diagnosed with a fractured coffin bone. What could have caused it, and what is the prognosis?

Fractures of the coffin bone or distal phalanx usually occur in the horse following some type of trauma, often from Read More

Foal Handling And Restraint

This scenario is all too familiar to veterinarians; it seems like I hear it at least once a year: "I decided today would be a good day to teach my foal how to lead. We had just weaned her a few days ago, so we led her out of the stall, and she Read More

Foal Heat Diarrhea

Can you please tell me what foal heat diarrhea is, and what causes it? Some people say it's because of the mare's hormones being transferred in her milk during foal heat, but other people have said that is an old wives' tale. Read More

Cryptorchid Surgery

It’s time to have your young colt gelded, so you make an appointment with your veterinarian. He arrives on the designated day and examines the colt prior to the surgery, then informs you that your colt is a bilateral cryptorchid and will need Read More

Foal Limbs And Feet Deformities

Flexural or angular deformities can be very shocking and even disturbing in severe cases, but appropriate veterinary care offers great hope for these foals. Read More

Foals and Meconium Impaction

Passing the meconium is, to me, the second-biggest hurdle a foal must overcome after birth--the first, obviously, is making the transition from the protected life within the uterus to life outside the uterus (breathing, standing, nursing). Read More

The Basic Physical Examination

All owners should know what their horse's normal vital signs are and how to take them correctly. Read More

Premature Foals and Possible Problems

It's nearing the best time of the year again--foaling season. Although most foals are born in the spring of the year, between February and June, sometimes we see foals in late December or early January. Often these tiny newborns delivered to our Read More

Foal Pneumonia

Your three-month-old foal has made it through the birthing process and the vulnerable neonatal period and now seems to be carefree--your little one just has to grow up to fulfill his destiny as a performance Read More

Predicting Foaling

Eleven months is a considerable length of time to anticipate the birth of a foal. A great deal of hope, excitement, dreams, and financial investment can accompany the arrival of a newborn. Because of the long wait, most owners want to monitor th Read More

Newborn Knowledge

Final preparations will need to be made so that the newborn foal gets the best chance at life. Read More

The Orphan Foal

The birth of a long-awaited foal is an occasion to celebrate. All of the planning, breeding dates, pregnancy c Read More

Thrush Prevention

Thrush is a very common word for those of us who have been spent any amount of time around horses. It is one of the more common diseases of the equine hoof. But does everyone know what thrush is? How do you prevent it, or how do you treat it once it Read More

Transporting Foals

The necessity of foals being shipped can arise for a variety of different reasons, including traveling with the mare to a breeding farm, moving to a new farm after purchase, or traveling to a hospital due to illness or injury of the foal or mare. Read More